MLA Donor Company
The MLA Donor Company (MDC) is a fully-owned subsidiary of Meat & Livestock Australia.
The MDC facilitates voluntary investments in R&D innovations across the red meat supply chain.
Find out about MDC’s new Producer Innovation Fast-Track program.
Benefits for industry
The MDC model injects valuable new investment into red meat industry R&D and commercialisation, with a number of resulting benefits:
- Improved sustainability on- and off-farm
- Reduced production costs along the entire value chain leading to a more competitive industry
- Higher standards of occupational health and safety
- New value-added products that facilitate access to new international markets and increased export earnings
- Enhanced supply chain collaboration
- Increased innovation capability
Click here to find out more about partnering with the MLA Donor Company.
Examples of MDC investment
Australia is leading the world in red meat processing automation, with new technology delivering value and efficiency for processors, with benefits flowing back to producers.
Every carcase is different and the ability to measure key carcase characteristics provides the Australian red meat industry with an important opportunity to increase productivity.
Greenhouse gas reduction is a hot topic for the red meat industry, but producers aren’t the only ones targeting emissions.
More than 1,000 bandsaws are in use in Australian meat processing, posing danger to the operators every time they are used. A new braking mechanism offers huge safety and efficiency gains.
The Beef Information Nucleus (BIN) initiative is a portfolio of projects established through the MDC and co-funded by five of the major breed societies.
After more than a decade of research in Australia and overseas, sheep and cattle producers now have a quicker tool to diagnose Johne’s disease.
Increasing sales of red meat around the globe is no longer as simple as promoting steaks and chops; it's about providing innovations that deliver value and choices.
Partners in R&D
The Australian Government matches voluntary partner contributions (up to 50%) through the MDC, where eligible projects deliver outcomes that address broader industry and/or government priorities and benefit the entire industry.
The partner may, or may not, be a provider to the project i.e. carry out the work.
MDC partners have included breed societies, pastoral companies, processors, value-adders, pharmaceuticals, state departments and technology providers, including some international collaboration.
The model complements levy investment through voluntary contributions and supports some of the more commercial aspects of R&D, benefiting the whole supply chain.
Project approvals are based on assessment of the following key criteria:
- Eligibility for matching R&D funds
- alignment with government and industry priorities
- benefit to industry
- technical feasibility
- market and commercial risk
- quality of application
- capability of research team/partner
- adoption and commercialisation pathway
The MDC Board is made up of 10 directors, with the current incumbents being:
- Richard Norton (Chair and MLA Managing Director)
- Geoffrey Maynard (MLA Director)
- Robert Fitzpatrick (MLA Director)
- Chris Mirams (MLA Director)
- Dr Michele Allan (MLA Director)
- Alan Beckett (MLA Director)
- George Scott (MLA Director)
- Erin Gorter (MLA Director)
- Steven Chaur (MLA Director)
- Allister Watson (MLA Director)
Dr Christine Pitt is the Chief Executive Officer
Clare Stanwix is the Company Secretary
MDC Strategic Business Plan
MDC's Strategic Business Plan 2016-20 provides a broad overview of the direction that MDC investments are anticipated to take over the next four years, aimed at accelerating and extending the achievement of the Meat & Livestock Australia Strategic Plan 2016-2020 and the Meat Industry Strategic Plan 2020. The plan also outlines areas of MDC investment for the 2016-17 financial year.
This MDC Strategic Business Plan will be prepared each financial year to progressively show annual MDC investments over the 2016-20 plan period.
MDC Annual Report
MDC’s Annual Report 2015-16 provides details on MDC’s activities and financial position for the 2015-16 financial year.
This list contains the completed MDC contracts for 2015-16 with links through to the summaries and final report in the MLA final reports database: MLA Donor company final reports 2015-16
- Find out more about MDC - Accelerating innovation in the red meat industry
- MDC project application instructions
- Application form
- Feature article in Feedback magazine
Contact: Skye Richmond [email protected] (02) 9463 9213